White-nose syndrome (WNS) is an emergent disease of hibernating bats that has spread from the northeastern to the central United States at an alarming rate. Since the winter of 2007-2008, millions of insect-eating bats in 22 states and five Canadian provinces have died from this devastating disease. The disease is named for the white fungus, Geomyces destructans, that infects skin of the muzzle, ears, and wings of hibernating bats.
Save Our Bats: White-nose Syndrome
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White-nose syndrome haunts bats
The mysterious disease is obliterating bat colonies as it spreads across North America, and scientists say time is running out to save them.
Cause of deadly bat disease finally discovered
While scientists have isolated the fungus that causes the disease, they remain unsure of how to stop it from infecting more bats.
Disease threatens some New England bats with extinction
White-nose syndrome causes erratic behavior in bats, including flying in the daytime and cold weather.
Bat disease confirmed in all of New England
White nose syndrome, a disease that’s killed more than a million bats in the Northeast, has been found in Maine, the last New England state to discover it.